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Skin Care and Diseases

Vitamin D and Vitiligo

03/02/2010

Question:

Hi, I have recently found out I am deficient in vitamin D. I have vitiligo (widespread). I forgot to ask the Doctor if maybe having vitiligo, may prevent me from absorbing vitamin D from the sun? Any clues?? Thanks

Answer:

Vitiligo does not decrease one's ability to absorb vitamin D from the sun. Although one must take care with regard to sun exposure because vitiligo skin can get sunburned easily. Oral intake of vitamin D supplements and vitamin D rich foods is also a recommended means of obtaining sufficient vitamin D.

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Response by:

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University